Statistics released by the DWP last week show a further small rise in the proportion of claimants being awarded employment and support allowance (ESA) and a small rise in the proportion being placed in the support group.
In the period from April 2015 to June 2015, the latest statistics show that:
70 per cent of claimants were entitled to Employment and Support Allowance. Of these:
- 10 per cent of claimants were placed in the Work Related Activity Group;
- 61 per cent of claimants were placed in the Support Group;
- 30 per cent of claimants were assessed as Fit for Work.
This means that the number of successful claims has risen by 1%, the proportion going into the work-related activity group is unchanged and the proportion going into the support group has risen by 2%.
Success rates for appeals have dropped very slightly, with 52% of appeals being won by claimants – this is a fall of 2% on the previous quarter.